Scott Martin is a meteorologist who proves it is never too late to follow your dream. As a child Scott was fascinated by weather, and by the wall-to-wall coverage that accompanied severe weather. Once he graduated Shades Valley High School, he pursued a career in art, specializing in graphic arts and marketing. He continued in that career full time until a shift in the economy resulted in a downsizing of his employer. Scott held a clerical position in the interim and eventually began to freelance in the graphics field. Even with the career changes, he remained an avid weather enthusiast.
Despite his forecasting on an amateur level, his forecasting accuracy and fascinations for weather phenomena quickly earned him the nickname “James” among his friends and family. On April 27, 2011 an EF4 tornado touched down less than a mile from his home and the passion for weather he had always had was intensified. Seeing the widespread damage and loss of property and life ignited a desire in Scott that was unmet by his career in the art field.
He was encouraged by his family to follow his dream. After much thought and prayer, Scott made the decision to follow his life long dream and pursue a career in meteorology. In the fall of 2012, Scott was admitted to Mississippi State University in the Distance Learning Meteorology program, and began his path to a degree. In November of 2015, Scott received his Operational Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State, and is currently completing his requirements for his degree.
He has been a member of the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association since 2012. He was the recipient of the 1st CA-NWA Scholarship in 2013. He has made an appearance on WeatherBrains (episode 394). In January of 2015 Scott co-founded Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.
Scott is married to his wife, Amy. Together they have 3 children, Charlotte, Shelton, and Maggie. In his spare time Scott continues to freelance in the graphic design field, and plays bass in his church praise band.